Can You Lose Weight Doing Yoga

Can You Lose Weight Doing Yoga

Yoga can seem complicated. It will turn seemingly happy human beings into happy human pretzels.
Yoga is known to be a relaxing technique which is able of tone the mind, body, and spirit into working together. Many yoga teachers and health experts have said that yoga can lead to a successful and long-lasting weight loss.

Weight Loss Yoga Pose

Yoga loosens up the large muscles, so they aren’t stressing the smaller muscles and bones resulting in injuries. It also loosens up joints and improves circulation, which is great for your health.
Yoga is a very fast form of deep relaxation. Just the most basic poses and breathing exercise will assist you with stress and clearing your mind after a tedious day. This will affect your state mind not only for yourself but for your lifestyle.
The procedure is to go through stretching the large muscles causing them to loosen up. As the largest muscles loosen up, they will then shift to smaller muscles. If the position of your pose is held too long, a small muscle could get injured. This is very important to keep in mind.
So when muscles seem to be really stiff, a position should be held for a few seconds. Under these conditions, it is better if you feel your way through the exercise.
Instead of trying to have a perfect form, just bend enough to add some force to the largest muscles. Then you shift your weight a little bit moving around to a different muscle. Then go back to the resting position for a couple of seconds.
The more relaxed you become, the better you will be able to control eating habits between meals. Deep breathing exercises will help you improve your inner strength, as well to assist you in concentration. This will help you in sticking to your diet and exercise program.
Any weight loss program can be comprised if a healthy diet and exercise are not followed. However, you have to keep up with your program. This is hard for most people as their faced paced schedules make it sometimes difficult to find enough time for exercise time. This is where yoga can be very helpful.
Here are some poses and definitions for you to start. This is an awesome for core strength:  This will help tone abdomen muscles, while strengthening the lower back muscles.

1.  Boat Pose

Boat Pose

Sit on the floor, bend your knees and feet flat, with your spine straight slightly lean back, lift your feet and shins parallel to the floor.
Bring your lower back in, lift your chest extend your arms forward lined up with your shoulders with the palms of your hands facing each other.
Balance keeping your tail bone straight, slowing straighten your legs and hold for 10-20 seconds

2. Standing Half Forward Bend- Stretches your hamstring

Standing Half Moon

Standing straight, bend in half keeping a flat back, hold that pose 10-20 seconds, put your butt towards the ceiling as high as you can and stretch the back, touch finger tips into the floor.

3. Downward facing dog- Stretches hamstring and shoulders

Downward Facing Dog

Keep your back as straight as possible, (it will flatten over time) The end goal is to have your heels touch the floor.

4. Upward facing dog- Stretches shoulders, chest, back

Upward Facing Dog

With hips and legs off the floor, only your palms and top of your feet should be touching the floor, try to lower your hips and chest out towards the ceiling.

5. Warrior 1- Stretches hips, back and shoulders

Warrior 1 Pose

This is a standing pose, put your left leg towards the back of your mat, lower the inside of your foot so your back foot should be at an angle.
Bend your right knee to a 90 degree angle, straighten your back leg.  With arms over your head keeping your torso facing forward.

6. Warrior II-Stretches hamstring and shoulders

Warrior II Pose

If you can trying going into Warrior II from Warrior 1, lower your arms out to the side moving your torso, keep your feet in the same position as Warrior I, try to transition into Warrior III.

7. Warrior III

Warrior III Yoga Pose

Bring your arms forward, try to put your body straight line and parallel  to the floor, except for your standing leg.  Relaxing your shoulders, abdomen facing downward hold for 20-30 seconds.
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If you have a favorite pose that you particularly and I did not mention it above please leave a comment below and I can come back and insert it later so everyone can see the pose you are talking about.
Also if you are in the need for someone to talk to about weight loss or would like to share a personal experience that you have had with yoga please feel free to leave a comment below and I will respond to it just as soon as I see it.

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